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JH Football falls to St. John’s/Tipton

by Tyler Williams

October 08, 2018

     The junior high Warrior football team played their last home game of the season against the Blujays of St. John’s/Tipton on October 4.  Though they showed some real improvement, they were unable to make it show on the scoreboard as they lost 36-8.  It was the first time in three weeks they played with more than the minimum, suiting up seven than the usual six. 

     To open the game, the Warriors held the ball for 5 minutes, keeping the drive alive mainly through the running game.  It was on a 4th and Short that the Blujays stripped the ball out of the Bryson Schmidt’s hands and returned it for a touchdown.  When the Warriors regained possession, they held for a while before another turnover, this time on an interception, set up a two-play scoring drive.  The Blujays took a 14-0 lead into the break with running only two offensive plays.  The Warriors showed a great deal of improvement but still had moments where they shot themselves in the foot, taking away their own scoring opportunities and allowing their mistakes to be costly.

     In the second half, the Warriors started their first drive with struggles of knowing where the play was going, forgetting if they were in motion, and snap counts.  The halftime had an adverse effect on the team as they were now out of rhythm and allowed the score to get away from them.

     It was not until the later part of the third where the team started showing signs of life.  With each linebacker and defensive back weighing less than 95 pounds, they found grit and toughness that had not been there for some time.  They started making solo tackles in open field.  Other times one would hold up the ball carrier while the other finished him off.

     The lone score of the game for SC came in the fourth quarter on a 4th and 18, where the Warriors split everyone out in a 2 X 2 formation, sent Lucas Jamison in motion and faked a jet handoff.  This pulled the best Blujay defender with Jamison, allowing Schmidt the opening he needed to follow a Dante Peterson block and punch in a 32 yard score.  The two-point conversion was successful, a toss to Schmidt around the right end.

     Though the scoreboard was not in the favor of the good guys, there were some positives.  The offense was able to sustain drives and control the ball.  The younger, smaller players did not give in to the bigger players running past them and eventually made some great tackles.  The offensive line, undersized as it is, made some great cut blocks to give the backs enough time to develop the play.  Overall, the young players made steps in the right direction.

     The team will close out their season on the road at Lincoln on October 11, with the kickoff scheduled for 6:00.


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